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The president of poland Andrzej Duda became Wednesday the first foreign leader to visit president Donald Trump since the pandemic of sars coronavirus resulted in blockages in the world, and the two leaders said they were eager to sign an agreement on defence cooperation.

The visit of Duda has seemed to aim at boosting his re-election campaign – the presidential vote national Polish Sunday. The nationalist leader poland has become one of the foreign partners favorite of Trump. The two met in head-to-head at least five times.

A defence agreement would send more american troops in Poland, strengthening the defence cooperation between the two NATO allies and acting as a counterweight against the aggression of the Russian.

The president of poland Andrzej Duda during an election rally in Zakopane, Poland. On Sunday, the Polish will go to the polls for national elections [Reuters]

“Strong Message”

“I think it sends a strong message to Russia,” said Trump at a press conference with Duda at the White Garden, the Rose Garden, where he criticized other european countries for buying Russian energy.

Duda said that it was an honor to discuss next steps in relations to the White House. “Today, we are entering another stage, namely, there is a possibility of additional increase of american troops in our country,” he said.

Trump said that it could move of u.s. troops from Germany to Poland. The republican president wants to withdraw thousands of american forces from Germany because it says that the United States bear a financial burden too heavy for the deployment and criticism of the government of Berlin to have purchased Russian energy.

“We’re going to reduce our forces in Germany. Some return home and others will go elsewhere, but Poland would be one of these other places, ” said Trump during the press conference.

Unhappy with Germany

“Germany pays billions of dollars to Russia to purchase energy from Russia. And through the pipeline. And I say what it is? You spend billions of dollars in Russia, then we are supposed to defend you against Russia. So I think it is … very bad, ” said Trump.

Washington opposes the pipeline in the Russian North Stream 2, which would double the amount of gas that goes directly from Russia to Germany, and reduce the amount sent to the Ukraine.

Critics have accused Duda and Trump for having convened the visit just prior to the election in poland in order to improve the chances of victory of Duda, as his lead in opinion polls has fallen in recent weeks.

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American soldiers and their NATO counterparts are participating in the closing ceremony of the military exercise multinational multinational 2018 [File: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA]

Critical LGBT

The campaign Duda has been focused on rallying his base of conservative with attacks on what he calls the “ideologies” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, while promising to protect the popular programs of social benefits for families and retirees who have transformed the lives of many Poles, more poor.

The activists LGBTQ in the United States were not satisfied with the appearance of the Duda in the White House.

Among the critics of the meeting was the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for the rights of LGBTQ in Washington, DC, who stated that the use by the leader in the Polish of the rhetoric that anti-LGBTQ was ” vile, manipulative and dangerous “, and that Trump showed that he was “no friend” to the community of gay rights.

According to the Polish media, the United States could provide 2,000 soldiers to Poland, 1 000 more than had been originally agreed in June 2019. These additional troops would include the US Army V Corps in Kentucky and the F-16 to Germany.

Resistance to home

Trump, however, has met resistance at home to his plan to withdraw troops from Germany. A number of republicans in Congress have argued that the reduction will undermine the ability of NATO to deter aggression Russian.

Earlier this month, a group of more than 20 republicans from the House Armed Services Committee, including the chair of the panel, has written a letter to the White House to urge him to reconsider this decision. The effort was followed by a second letter earlier this week of a group led by members of Congress Michael McCaul, the senior republican on the foreign affairs committee of the Chamber, and Adam Kinzinger, a veteran of the Air Force, expressing the same sentiment.

“This is not the time to take action, which could bring the regime (Russian president Vladimir) Putin to question the credibility of the deterrence of NATO or that could lead to our allies and NATO partners to doubt the U.s. commitment to our collective security “, said this week The letter said, adding that Russia ” has not yet restored the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, and its malicious activities across the continent continued unabated “.